Pleasure and fulfillment are part of the experience of self. Can you imagine a real self who could not have these experiences? A person who could not experience pleasure and fulfillment would be more like an automaton or a slave than a real human being. The signers of the Declaration of Independence of the 13 original United States of America had this in mind when they spoke about the right to the “pursuit of Happiness.”Becoming a Sun
Think of one of the most fulfilling times of your life. When something comes to mind, look around in your memory banks to make sure it really is, with few memories better.
Now here is my wager. I’ll bet you it had to do with an experience of love fulfilled. Your love for another person, enjoyment of life with another person for whom you feel love. Or even your love for a spiritual reality you touched.
I might lose my bet. But I don’t think so. Sure, there are all the lesser pleasures and fulfillments in life. But how much meaning do they have without a love for something or someone beyond oneself?
So why don’t we get right to it today? Giving ourselves with great love to someone or something beyond ourselves. Making our life about that.
Of course, that might start something. We might begin to love everyone. And everything. We might have to balance our time because there is so much to do to express our love. And to make sure our world knows that we love it.
Hmm. What a great problem!
Every human being is already a sun on the inside—a being of intense love and light. The difference is that some people have the vision and courage to become a sun on the outside. This difference is our human destiny.